Eat your Way to Lower Cholesterol

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 09, 2014

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A diet rich in healthy fats like vegetable oils and fish and low in saturated fats and trans fats can help lower cholesterol.
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    Eat good to lower cholesterol

    We often hear ‘good for my cholesterol’ from those with high cholesterol refering to the food on their plate. High cholesterol can be reduced after making certain dietary changes; these include following a diet rich in healthy fats like vegetable oils and fish, avoiding foods high in saturated fats and trans fats, etc. (Image source:Getty)

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    A good fat (such as nuts) is known to lower LDL while boosting HDL (aka good cholesterol). Eat a handful of nuts every day for the vegetable protein, fibre, heart healthy unsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, natural plant sterols and a host of beneficial plant nutrients. (Image source:Getty)

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    Fruits and vegetables

    As fruits and vegetables are low in saturated fats, eating more of them helps to keep saturated fat intake low. They are also an excellent source of cholesterol lowering soluble fibres. At least one type of pulse (beans, peas, lentils) should be consumed in a day. Among other rich sources of soluble fibre include sweet potato, broccoli, apples, strawberry and prunes. (Image source:Getty)

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    Say no to cheese and crackers

    Skip the crackers and cheese to keep cholesterol levels low. They are high in saturated fat and one of the culprits behind high cholesterol. (Image source:Getty)

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    Lemon juice as salad dressing

    Drenching a salad in high-fat salad dressing is not a good idea for those with high cholesterol but a pathetic one. A low-fat alternative to lower your cholesterol is sprinkling your salad with lemon juice. (Image source:Getty)

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    Ditch the butter

    As butter is one of the main sources of high cholesterol, you should swap it with a vegetable-oil-based spread. Doing this will replace bad fat with good fat. (Image source:Getty)

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    Quinoa instead of rice

    If there is one food that can benefit those with high cholesterol the most, it is quinoa. It is healthful, has fewer carbohydrates, more fibre and more protein for the same amount of rice. (Image source:Getty)

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    Potato snackers are a strict no-no. A healthy alternative is popcorn. Homemade air-popped popcorn is healthier with significantly less saturated fat and more fibre. (Image source:Getty)

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    Oats and Barley

    As oats and barley are rich in a type of soluble fibre called beta glucan, they can work wonders for those with high cholesterol. Beta glucan binds cholesterol in the intestines and prevents it from being absorbed. (Image source:Getty)

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    Soy Foods

    Soy foods are known to be lower in saturated fat, so they help lower cholesterol. They do have proteins that influence how the body regulates cholesterol. There are plenty of soya food options; these include soya milk, soya desserts, soya meat alternatives, soya nuts and tofu. (Image source:Getty)

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    Addition of fatty fish to your diet can help keep your cholesterol in a healthy range. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout and herring are some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce cholesterol levels. (Image source:Getty)

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